explore your state: asheville in december

Because of how the holidays fell this year, Trav and I were unable to spend the actual week of Christmas with either of our families; instead, we’re seeing my folks in a few weeks here in Chapel Hill, and this past weekend, we met his parents in Asheville, for a long weekend centered around Christmas…

worth getting up for this fall

Worth getting up for this fall: Kev and Angela’s wedding; college basketball, and thus our UNCWBB season tickets starting; house shows; soups in the crock pot; ostentatious displays of Christmas lights; boats covered in Christmas lights; making people I love go look at things that horrify and amaze me all at once; the re-created Rathskellar…

song share: santa is an asshole

I lucked out: I was supposed to be at work today, but our handsome and benevolent president closed all federal offices in thanks for our hard work, so I’m not at work; I’m listening to holiday music and drafting blog posts at home. You might be at work, though, and I am sorry that you…

baltimore: lights on 34th street.

baltimore: lights on 34th street., originally uploaded by minervacat. I don’t have a lot of shame when it comes to music I love; if I like it, I like it, and that’s that. But I have some shame when it comes to this: my favorite Christmas album is not a classic, and it’s not even…

baltimore: lights on 34th street.

baltimore: lights on 34th street., originally uploaded by minervacat. I grew up in a household where holiday music, both secular and religious, was taken seriously; the Maternal Unit has one of the greatest collections of holiday music I have ever encountered.  When I was a kid, she owned — still does, probably, but now the bulk of…

local 506

local 506, originally uploaded by minervacat. and i said “thank you, each and every one of you, for loving me at my worst” — the Whitlams, “Thank You”

the spikedrivers @ the blind tiger

the spikedrivers @ the blind tiger, originally uploaded by minervacat. Rocking my world in terms of inspiration this week: Stop Down, a photo project by Bill Sullivan centered on shots taken as elevator doors close. Way more fascinating than the description sounds. Who Shot Rock & Roll: a history of rock photography. The photos are…

christmas at the cradle

christmas at the cradle, originally uploaded by minervacat. Rocking my world in terms of inspiration this week: Zachery Fein’s work in shooting abandoned parts of Detroit. Un-fucking-believably gorgeous and heartbreaking shots. This crazy hilarious Nikon ad from the ’70s. book lovers never go to bed alone. Gorgeous gorgeous blog full of shots of books. This…